“Take Back the Night” hosts award-winning spoken word poet

“Take Back the Night” will be hosting Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, an internationally recognized spoken word artist, at the annual event on Wednesday, Sept. 18, sponsored by Red Zone and Intercultural Affairs.

Tsai is performing pieces about relationships, sexual assault, power struggle, voice, and becoming part of a community starting at 7 p.m. in the A.K. Hinds University Center Grand Room. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for an information fair and preparation for the march on campus following the presentation.

“Take Back the Night” is an event that occurs annually on an international scale that began to empower victims of sexual assault and promote action against sexual violence. It has been incorporated into the campus campaign known as Red Zone, which is designed to encourage students, faculty, and staff to make a stand and take action against violence on campus.

“Take back the Night creates a space for the campus community to create a dialogue about sexual violence, the impact it makes on our community, and the power of our personal and collective voices both to help support our friends, co-workers, neighbors, classmates, and partners, among others, and to help stop it from happening,” said Sarah Carter, associate director for resource service, “It is our hope that it helps show that healing can take many forms, and that expression can help showcase your voice in numerous ways.”